Of all the times I’ve visited Hong Kong, I’ve never visited it vegan.
I’ve shared plenty of Hong Kong travel guides on here, full of inspiring places to visit, explore and eat, but not once had I considered it from a plant-based perspective until my most recent trip in March 2019. A quick browse on HappyCow will tell you that there are hundreds of vegan-friendly places to eat in the city, it just takes a little planning.
And of course, we planned.
I created a handy spreadsheet categorised by cuisine, price point and district, so that no matter where our daily adventures took us, we’d have a plethora of places to tide us over.
Hong Kong also has an unofficial Green Monday initiative, where people are encouraged to eat plant-based on Monday, and several restaurants take part in it, offering a wholly vegan menu. How incredible is that?!
For now though, let me take you through the top places to eat vegan in Hong Kong.
Use the Green Common Shop Locator.
I’ll start with our favourite. Green Common is a casual restaurant, part of a chain.
Their ethos is that plant-based lifestyles are the way forward but not in a ‘our way or the highway’ sort of thinking, and you’ll see that mirrored in the design, menu and store areas of the business.
The best part? The menu is totally inclusive of traditional Hong Kong dishes, classic Western vegan options, and some fast food too. They serve SO many plant-based meat alternatives too!
My favourites were the Baked Omnipork Chop Rice, their Green Common Burger, and the Hainan Chicken Rice. We also tried their fish and chips (made with Gardein – so delicious!), their Omnipork dumplings (ridiculously addictive) and their pho (amazing!).
Shop 34, LCX, Level 3, Ocean Terminal, Harbour City, 17 Canton Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui
For great Korean food, head straight to The Joomak in Harbour City. Located in the LCX end, they have a completely vegan/vegetarian menu and it is bloomin’ delicious. If you time it correctly, you can even sit by the window and enjoy a first-class view of the 8pm light show.
We ordered the Korean Army Strew, Kimchi Fried Rice with Omnipork, and Kimchi Cheese Fries, all of which were delicious. The Joomak uses Daiya as their cheese alternative which is a total game-changer. I wouldn’t hesitate to say the dishes tasted authentically Korean and absolutely on par with some of the dishes I tried in Seoul back when I still ate meat. I’d definitely recommend ordering a selection of dishes to share between a group – it was SO hard to pick just one thing to order. (So I didn’t, haha!)
If you time it correctly, you can even sit by the window and enjoy a first-class view of the 8pm light show.
G/F, 103 Jervois St, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
While I have mixed feelings about Confusion, I thought I’d include them in this post nonetheless. I think I felt let down purely because we’d JUST had such delicious food at Green Common, and I’m not necessarily their target market as I don’t tend to order burgers and such at restaurant.
Confusion is over on Hong Kong Island, making it convenient if you’re staying that side. It’s in Sheung Wan which is a fairly touristy and Westernised district. Prices are on the higher side, and the food is tasty although not at God level. I opted for their banh mi which was truly unlike any other vegan dish I’ve tried, and Harvey had their Beyond Meat burger which he felt wasn’t on par with the previous one he’d tried.
Kung Tak Lam Shanghai Vegetarian Cuisine
7/F, No.1 Peking Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
For something a little fancier and traditionally Chinese, we absolutely loved Kung Tak Lam in TST.
They’re Michelin-rated, and here you’ll find a plethora of Chinese a la carte dishes and dim sum, made with vegetable replacements and mock meats. I LOVE mock meat in Chinese cuisine as it’s typically made with minimal ingredients and isn’t as processed as their Quorn predecessors. Go for their Vegetarian Duck and order a selection of dim sum (lunch only). Plus, the views are pretty much second to none, a direct glimpse of the stunning city skyline.
MUM Veggie Café
Shop 8, LG, Eaton Hotel, 380 Nathan Road, Jordan
G07, GF, One Island South, 2 Heung Yip Road, Wong Chuk Hang, Hong Kong
Back when I lived and worked in Hong Kong, I loved MUM. It was one of about five eateries downstairs from my office and they have a completely vegetarian menu. The dishes are mostly Asian, and thus there is minimal dairy and is to this today, oh so vegan friendly. I’d always go for their Thai green curry at least once a week.
They’ve since opened up a new branch which is a little more accessible to people-that-don’t-work-in-that-office, and I just had to share the word. Prices are incredibly reasonable and the staff are always super friendly. Definitely a great option for a quick lunch or even an afternoon coffee break.
COCO Ichibanya Curry House
I suppose COCO Ichibanya has lost a little of its allure now that a branch has opened in London, but I thought I’d give this Japanese curry house some airtime anyway. This is one of those places we used to always visit in our teenage years because it’s affordable, a great all-rounder and they seem to be everywhere.
The entire menu at COCO is customisable, so you can choose how your rice is cooked, your topping and how spicy the curry is. There are a fair few vegan-friendly options on the menu, although be careful of anything battered as it’ll likely contain egg. I always opt for the aubergine!
108 Hollywood Rd, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong
Grassroots Pantry is another place that I used to frequent when I lived in Hong Kong.
It’s on the more expensive price, but the setting is oh so Instagrammable and the menu is clean and designed to heal. Their ethos is to ‘create food that heals with the highest culinary standards and using the freshest, most nutrient-dense of sustainable, plant-based ingredients’.
There’s a real mix of dishes on their menu and it’d changed a lot from when I first visited. You’ll find vegan popcorn chicken, Japanese gyoza, noodles, ravioli, classic brunch options and the most delicious healthy desserts. Like I said, it’s on the pricey side but great if you have specific dietary requirements.
92 Wellington Street, Central
8 Tai On Terrace, Poho, Sheung Wan
When I first moved to Hong Kong, this teeny tiny little café was a huge deal. I mean, even back in 2014, they promoted a sustainable lifestyle, serving delicious plant-based food.
MANA!’s signature is zaatar flatbread which can be topped with almost anything your heart could desire, although they also serve burgers, salads, desserts, chips and dip… The list goes on. With three locations, there’s no excuse not to try them out; MANA! are who I see as the OG in plant-based food in Hong Kong.
Shanxi Knife-Cut Noodle King
G/F, Kwan Tak Building, 245 Sha Tsui Road, Tsuen Wan
Situated over in Tsuen Wan (where I used to live!), this noodle place serves up delicious biang biang knife-cut noodles. There’s literally just ONE dish to eat if you’re vegan, but I promise it’s worth the trek for a £5 bowl of noodles.
13-15 Jervois Street, Sheung Wan
Lastly to round up this post, for second-to-none oat milk coffee, head to Coco Espresso over in Sheung Wan. The interiors (and exteriors!) are perfect for a long stretch of coffee enjoyment. To be honest much of Hong Kong’s coffee shops are vegan-friendly as soy milk is HUGE in Asia, but I’ve always preferred oat in my hot beverages.
I’d really recommend following @socialveganhk on Instagram, and downloading the Happy Cow and Open Rice apps ahead of your visit as there are endless vegan options in Hong Kong.
Happy vegan food-exploring, guys!